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solemn
used in Gulliver's Travels

8 uses
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Definition
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
  • This I solemnly declare to be a most infamous falsehood, without any grounds, further than that her grace was pleased to treat me with all innocent marks of freedom and friendship.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (76% in)
  • ...down to the centre, and whose head strikes against the sun; at whose nod the princes of the earth shake their knees; pleasant as the spring, comfortable as the summer, fruitful as autumn, dreadful as winter: his most sublime majesty proposes to the man-mountain, lately arrived at our celestial dominions, the following articles, which, by a solemn oath, he shall be obliged to perform: "1st, The man-mountain shall not depart from our dominions, without our license under our great seal.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (41% in)
  • Lastly, That, upon his solemn oath to observe all the above articles, the said man-mountain shall have a daily allowance of meat and drink sufficient for the support of 1724 of our subjects, with free access to our royal person, and other marks of our favour.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (42% in)
  • About three weeks after this exploit, there arrived a solemn embassy from Blefuscu, with humble offers of a peace, which was soon concluded, upon conditions very advantageous to our emperor, wherewith I shall not trouble the reader.
    Part 1 — A Voyage to Lilliput (57% in)
  • But, when he goes abroad on solemn days, he is attended, for state, by a military guard of five hundred horse, which, indeed, I thought was the most splendid sight that could be ever beheld, till I saw part of his army in battalia, whereof I shall find another occasion to speak.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (47% in)
  • On the 6th of May, 1709, I took a solemn leave of his majesty, and all my friends.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (96% in)
  • ...the visits that have been made them by those who are nearest in the neighbourhood, being carried in a convenient sledge drawn by Yahoos; which vehicle they use, not only upon this occasion, but when they grow old, upon long journeys, or when they are lamed by any accident: and therefore when the dying Houyhnhnms return those visits, they take a solemn leave of their friends, as if they were going to some remote part of the country, where they designed to pass the rest of their lives.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (71% in)
  • They spoke to me with great humanity, and said, "they were sure the captain would carry me gratis to Lisbon, whence I might return to my own country; that two of the seamen would go back to the ship, inform the captain of what they had seen, and receive his orders; in the mean time, unless I would give my solemn oath not to fly, they would secure me by force.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (86% in)

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